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THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
- THE PHILOSOPHY OF A CHORUS GIRL
Miss Dunlap and I went over to
Eliene's to dinner yesterday. The
more I see of her the better I like her.
Eliene -was frankly curious about
life on the stage.
"I can't tell you much about it,"
said Miss Dunlap, "because this is my
first season, but I imagine it holds
only the same temptations and hard
ships tha't come to a girl who must
earn her living out in the world.
"I do not believe there is a woman
in the work-a-day world if she be
honest who has not at some time or
another had a sex temptation or at
least a sex bribe.
"It is a polite fiction that women,
especially unmarried women, shall ig
nore sex, but every man .glories in it,
and from the time he is twenty until
he is seventy he is more or less physi
cally interested in every good-looking
woman he sees.
"Oh, it does not make any differ
ence if he is married," she continued
to answer to the shocked look that
Eliene gave her. "Neither do I mean
that every man pursues every woman
with criminal intent. What I mean is
this: That no business, art or trade
can unsex the human race, and as
long as this is so there will be curios
ity, desire, admiration, love, hate,
tragedy and comedy mixed up with
any business, profession or art in
which the sexes work together. And
you will find this no more on the
stage than any other place.
"Don't mistake me; I do not mean
that all or any one of these happen
to all men and women who work to
gether, but I have found that, to do
our best work, one must be in love.
"It is not youth which creates, but
love. Every great man or woman of
history has had a great love behind
him or her."
"Do you think men are apt tofall
in love with their stenographers?"
"I don't know," answered Miss
Dunlap, "but I don't 'think they do
very often. They may have a passing
fancy or curiosity for them which is
the first sex instinct, but it usually
amounts to nothing.
"The attraction of the girl on the
stage for a man, I think, is the subtle
flattering which to be seen with her
gives his vanity.
"The persons in front of the foot
lights have never gotten over the
idea that we behind it are different
from them. The calcium sheds a mys
terious, if bright, light over the actor.
We make ourselves attractive to the
multitude. Each night, consequently,
any man who can say: 'See, this
radiant being single's me out from
among you,' is always more or less
You are a very clever girl, my dear,
I thought, while she was talking, and
you have learned your lesson well in
the short time you have been on the
stage, but I'll bet dollars to doughnuts
that not one of these things have you
said' to Jack, who thinks you have
not a thought of this kind in your
pretty little head.
Why is it that men will always con
found innocence with purity when
they think of women?
Innocence means nothfng but lack
of knowledge it is not a virtue, but
a state of mind.
I heard a man once boast that his
wife was a child in thought when he
married her that she knew nothing
of the world, the flesh or the devil.
Two years afterward this innocent
woman eloped with his best friend,
who had apparently changed her in
nocence to a knowledge which she
had not the purity to resist.
I think Miss Dunlap has purity of
mind, and that is better than inno
cence. I am glad Jack is in love with
her. It will do him good even if he
never marries her.
(To Be Continued Tomorrow.)